No Visa Extension for Chinese Journos After July: Vikas Swarup
Swarup said that the three Chinese journalists were given extensions because they were expected to be replaced soon.
In its first official comment, India said on Thursday that the three Chinese journalists of state-run news agency, Xinhua, were denied visa extension as there were issues relating to their “conduct not being in conformity” with the provisions of the visa rules.
Short-term extensions were given to them in the expectation that they would be replaced. Thereafter, we made it clear to Xinhua that it would not be possible for us to extend the visas of the journalists concerned beyond 31 July 2016.Vikas Swarup, Spokesman Ministry of External Affairs
The Xinhua Bureau Chief’s visa expired on 31 December 2015, while visas of the two Xinhua correspondents in Mumbai expired in March 2016. When the time came for renewing their visas, there were issues relating to their conduct not being in conformity with the provisions of the visa rules.
The visas of the three Chinese journalists had expired, we gave them short term extensions but after that it was not possible. Also would like to confirm that we have no issues with the replacements that will be sent for them (Chinese journalists).Vikas Swarup, Spokesman Ministry of External Affairs
Asserting that the ministry has been in touch with the Chinese side on this matter, he said the government expects no issues when their replacements come in due course.
With the expansion of bilateral ties between India and China, the resident journalists in both countries have a key role in increasing mutual understanding and appreciation and contributing to stronger people to people ties, he said.
In this regard, MEA will continue to facilitate the work of the resident journalists from all countries and their periodic replacement in accordance with the applicable laws, he added.
(With inputs from IANS and ANI)
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